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Summer school: Leaders of Innovation and Impact

Admission & participation info

want to be able to make an impact or improve your skills in doing so? 

Do you want to leave your mark? Do you want to learn what change is and be able to identify opportunities for change? Throughout this course you will discover and develop your ability to execute viable change, through developing a skill set of relevant tools. We will help you learn how you can become a change agent and leader of innovation and impact. Within an interactive educational setting and through workshops, you will develop skills for your future and master the art of executing change with peers from all over the world.

With changes happening around us every day, we need to be able to deal and cope with these situations in order to thrive. Problems are becoming more and more complex as technology is rapidly evolving, which requires a different approach in thinking, identifying, designing and implementing solutions to these complex problems. Not only learning these skills is important, but being able to effectively teach these skills to other people and spread the message might be even more crucial. This course offers you a series of sessions that address not only skills required to recognize and execute viable change, it will also teach you the ins and outs of design thinking that will allow for a step-by-step process of approaching complex projects and problems.

The Leaders of Innovation and Impact course will be an 5-day online, student-driven experience of a life-time! This UIF Meetup is organized as part of CuriousU, an European Summer School with an international taste. Can't wait for August 2021? Get even more excited with the after movies of the last two meetups, 2018 and 2019!

Course aims

Our course is called Leaders of Innovation and Impact. This is why we tailor our program to shaping leaders of innovation processes that are able to recognize and deal with complex and ill-defined problems by co-creating solutions and realizing change. To achieve this goal, the course includes knowledge and education based on design thinking, more practical skill development such as communicating with stakeholders and pitching/storytelling, and building a mindset for innovation and impact. You will get expert knowledge on these processes, after which you will be challenged to practically apply your knowledge during CuriousU as a means of a final assessment/assignment. This track focuses on multidisciplinary work, allowing you to interact and work with peoples of different backgrounds and nationalities. This week provides you with the unique opportunity to apply your learning and inspire others at the same time.

During this course you will experience different, active, learning methods:

  • Design thinking, (Sience2Design4Society)
  • Pitching and storytelling
  • Workshops
  • Interacting with stakeholders
  • Inspirational talks from guest speakers

These methods will help you to guide you through the course. At the end of the course you are able to:

  • Understand what change is and can identify opportunities for change
  • Make use of the tools acquired during the course to execute viable change
  • Activate and engage with both direct and indirect stakeholders to implement change
  • Recognize and evaluate failed change
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This CuriousU summer course will take place on 02 - 06 August, 2021. Have a look at our admission requirements, the fee or accommodation upgrades. If you have questions about your admission you can try our admission checkUndecided? Sign-up for our newsletter.

Course requirements

Are you doubting whether this course suits you? Check out the following requirements::

  • English language competences and active speaking and comprehensive skills (min. C1 CEFR)
  • Being comfortable with talking or learning to talk in front of a crowd (preferably)
  • Being comfortable with public interactions (preferably)
  • You want to have fun and do something meaningful this summer!

Festival schedule

Stay tuned! The updated course schedule will follow soon. In the meantime, check out the below schedule of our previous edition to get a preview.   

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Day
Company visit #3
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Th. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Jogging & sightseeing campus
Time:15:00 - 21:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both! Jogging around campus will start 15:00 and 17:00. During the sightseeing activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide. Tours start at 16:00 and 21:00.

Prototyping challenge
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 16-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Reframe & Finalize project
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Miriam Iliohan & Mélanie Droogleever Fortuyn
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 12-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspirational speech!

Lunch: C-the future of research & Dance Workshop
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can do one of the following lab tours: Behavioral Management and Sciences LabWearable Robotics Lab, combined tour in AeroAcoustic WindTunnel & Rapid Prototyping LabNanoLab or the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine.  

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Dinner City Centre
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 15-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 17-08

This is your day off. There is no CuriosU programme today but you can arrange your own city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Closing
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Beach Volleyball Tournament
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

Enjoy a unique volleyball tournament together with your fellow CuriousU participants! Are you gonna be the winning team? Let's find out!

Company visit #1
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Cherishing Memories & Pinatas
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. Here is the chance to lock all the memories you made the last days into pictures! During that lunch break you also have the chance to break some pinatas!

Lunch: ExploreU & VR Parachuting
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests ! Enjoy our VR Parachuting activity too!

Quiz Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 17-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 17-08

Breakfast served!

Lunch: Curious about your future?! & UT students wonders
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the chance to get to know the programmes of our university and speak with representatives from our admissions office in case you are interested in continuing your studies here! During this lunch activity, you can also get to know UT student teams.

Farewell Ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2019 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Responsible design
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 18-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Escape Rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing escape rooms.

Creative mindset
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 14-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & keynote: Peter-Paul Verbeek
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 13-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & keynote: Sofie Berghuis
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 14-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our inspirational speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Dinner ΒΒQ
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

Problem2Solution
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Peter Joosten
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 18-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast. 

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Pitch perfect
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 19-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Company visit #2
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 15-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Lunch: Playland
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 15-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.This is one of the most popular lunch activities where together with your fellow participants you can enjoy some outdoor games in the main festival area! Join us!

Introduction Science2Design4Society
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 12-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Game Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

During this evening activity you can join our Lean Simulation game!

Breakfast & keynote: Neil Sheridan
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 19-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

City Centre Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 15-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment at Grolsch Summer Sounds.

CuriousU Participants Departure
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 20-08

The last day: please check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm (online refund).

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

We serve you a fantastic dinner!

Best practices
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course and have some discussion and exercises on the topic.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 20-08

Have a breakfast first.

Breakfast & keynote: Geke Ludden
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 15-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

Visualize ideas
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Music Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent! Next to that, a dj to play music and karaoke activity are planned for you!

Lunch: Dutch Olympic games & Graffiti Workshop
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

Dilemma driven design
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 13-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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Breakfast & keynote: Elizabeth Mix
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Lunch: Taste the Netherlands & Speed Friending
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can try the blind tasting activity and of course make some new friends!

Course leader

Christina Zaga
Assistant Professor Human Centred Design

Course details

  • Date: 2 - 6 August, 2021
  • Format: Fully online
  • Target group: advanced bachelor students
  • Course leader: Christina Zaga
  • Credits: 1.5 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school

Want to know more?

If you need to know more, we have information available about the fee & programme, an admission checkregistration & paymentvisaaccomodation and the terms & conditions.